Some test footage shot at the Lincoln Memorial, during August and September 2012, with the compact Sony DSC-RX100.
The beginnings of a project with dancer Stephanie Yezek, to explore dance/movement improvisation for the camera.
3-hour hike/performance with Daniel Burkholder/The Playground. Shot as a participant, not knowing in advance where it would take place or what would happen. Shot with the Sony RX100, hand held, using in camera audio.
Created during the 2012 spring retreat, Bring Your Life Into Bloom: Exploring the Creative Process, with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, held at Serenity Ridge, the retreat center of Ligmincha Institute.
Shot during an hour long performance by Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround, an improvisationaly based group of dancers. New original music and sound design added post performance, to this edit.
About Ad Libitum: Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround delves deeply into meditative practices, the subconscious and intense physicality to explore movement sometimes subtle and spacious and other times charged and dynamic.
An entry in my visual journal. A hot day in July. Sunshine. Flowers. Bees. In slow time.
Signs of Life
Who knew flowers liked to dance? I caught them in the act.
3 Contemplations on Trees in Winter
The Mystery of Flowers
Dramatic "improvisations" filming flowers with natural and artificial light, using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 compact still camera.
the flash of perception
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The INSERT [ ] HERE project was a performative experiment in embodiment, co-directed by contemporary dance artists Nick Bryson (Ireland) and Sharon Mansur (Washington, DC) employing imaginative notions of insertion via kinetic, spatial, aural and visual realms. This work evolved from Mansur and Bryson’s unique international partnership, involving creative practices in somatics and dance, along with contributions from collaborating artists.
Acts of Arriving
Acts of Arriving was a multi-event project incorporating visual art, dance, and music, bringing creativity to four locations across Metro Washington, DC. Through a series of hands on workshops and interactive performances, Acts of Arriving investigated place, community, and the creative act of making a home.
The Wedding of Alicia & Tony
A single camera documentation of preparations, blessings, and the wedding ceremony, for Alicia Frew and Tony Nassif. Shot at Serenity Ridge, a Tibetan Bon Buddhist retreat center, in Nelson County, Virginia.
Violinist Alexandra Cantalupo playing J.S. Bach's Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001: Adagio, in an Impromptu test shoot for a future project.
Shot in the fall of 2011, this is an excerpt from a work choreographed by Keira Hart-Mendoza for her company, UpRooted Dance. This was originally shot for projection during a live performance, in color and with different music. Decided to revisit this material and make it public.
et les arbres
Test material shot during a site visit in September 2011, with choreographer Keira Hart-Mendoza. First public release, April 2014.
variation on residue
Inspired in part by pentimento, an underlying trace image in a painting, "residue" marks the passage of time and remnants of memories past and future, through a spare and fragile, yet richly visual and kinetic landscape.
"Variation on residue" was improvised on location, specifically for the camera, in September of 2013. It premiered at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center as part of the Dance Faculty Concert, November 13, 14 & 16, 2014.
Scenic Route: The Anacostia
A 4-hour canoe trip/hike/performance with Daniel Burkholder/The Playground, taking place along the Anacostia River and in The National Aquatic Gardens, Washington, DC. The third site specific performance in the Scenic Route series, audience members have an opportunity to use video, or photography, along with social media, to share the performance. Shot with the Sony RX100, hand held, using in-camera audio.
Mystery of Flowers: Canna
A study in light, color, texture, and contrasts. A test vignette, shot in my garden, that continues a series of video flower "portraits" I started 4 years ago , experimenting with Magic Lantern's RAW module for the Canon 7D.
Jalus (Rainbow Body)
A chance encounter in the night at a Buddhist retreat center, resulted in this mysterious, yet beautiful and meditative piece. I had to capture something on the spot, and it was either shoot it with my iPhone 5, or my compact Sony RX100, pushed to the limit, hand held. I went with the Sony, using available light from the hoops.
Many thanks to Sage Brodersen and her beautiful energy, which unfolded with little direction from me, during this impromptu shoot.
study for “residue”
This is additional review footage of an improvised run through of "residue," a solo, by Sharon Mansur. This video was put together solely to look at ideas for a future project based on this material.
variations on “residue” [study]
"residue" is a solo, directed and performed by Sharon Mansur, inspired in part by "pentimento," an underlying trace image in a painting that has been covered over, reflecting an artist’s change of mind. This video was put together as an improvised* study of some of the elements of the work, for a future project, creating a version of this work specifically for the camera.
* the elements were spontaneously presented, and there was no preplanning of shots or multiple "takes."
Scenic Route: River Meditation
A beautiful meditative solo, by dancer Daniel Burkholder, in an extended edit of a short moment from "Scenic Route" - a hike/performance with Daniel Burkholder/The Playground. Shot as a hike participant, not knowing in advance where it would take place or what would happen.
Shot with the compact Sony RX100, hand held.
The Chemistry of Lime Trees
Promotional/teaser video for "The Chemistry of Lime Trees," a performance combining the realism of theater with the physicality of dance. The impact of real or perceived borders in our lives is explored through two factual, historical stories. One of those stories is of Bosko and Admira, a real-life Romeo and Juliet during the Bosnian War of the 1990s, and how their struggle against societal, religious and political borders eventually lead to a tragic end.
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The INSERT [ ] HERE project was a performative experiment in embodiment, co-directed by contemporary dance artists Nick Bryson (Ireland) and Sharon Mansur (Washington, DC) employing imaginative notions of insertion via kinetic, spatial, aural and visual realms [vimeo.com/98989816]. INSERT [ ] HERE: Coda is a continuation of this work, with Sharon Mansur (performance), Tara Rodgers (music), and Brian Harris (photography, edit).
Improvisations on text by Anne Carson
Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group exploring text from “The Fall Of Rome” by Anne Carson – in their new rehearsal space, Dance Loft on 14. Breaking up into two groups they explored the text, space between dancers, and changes of energy and dynamics.
An impromptu shoot captured at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Nelson County, Virginia.
In Rehearsal: Love and Other Verbs
Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group rehearsing their latest work, Love and Other Verbs.
notebook sketch 1 for Body Into Sky
This is a short excerpt of impromptu movement studies shot during a site visit – exploring a potential location and gathering ideas for the filmed portion of this project, to be undertaken at a future date.
Gesture on Paper / Gesture in Space
Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group – working with visual artist Donna McKee, directing the company in a charcoal gesture drawing workshop – explores the relationship between gesture on paper and gesture in space to dig for new movement vocabulary for a dance.